Posts Tagged ‘movie’
Grauman’s Chinese Theater Welcomes Suicide Squad and Our Private Tour
The biggest of Hollywood movie theaters is now hosting another big summer flick. Suicide Squad is playing in IMAX 3D, the largest format for theatrical exhibition. Big screen, big sound and big action fun for fans of comic book films. Our guests did not buy movie tickets for the film during our private tour in Hollywood but we did spend time in the courtyard admiring the hand- and footprints of Will Smith, one of the stars of the new DC Comics-based extravaganza. We also took the short tour inside the theater so our guests could see what a wonderful auditorium awaits them if they decide later during their visit here in Los Angeles to come see a movie in Sid Grauman’s incredible movie palace. The huge screen and red curtains, the intricate designs on the walls, columns and ceiling, the feeling of space and the sense of grandeur all make coming here to see a movie a very special experience. Especially a really big movie.
Private Tour Guests Enjoy Great
Advertising is big in Hollywood where movies are on the minds of everyone. There probably are people seeing this giant banner ad for Ant-Man who worked on the film. I’m sure Paul Rudd drives down Sunset Boulevard on this part of the Sunset Strip regularly. He might even notice that the Ant-Man on the side of the building is about his height. Our private Los Angeles tour guest wondered aloud what would happen if the switch was turned off. His guide replied, “A movie theater would dim. Only Ant-Man can save the summer.” We will read later in Variety if he is right and it is looking good so far. But Tom Cruise has not weighed in yet. There is still a lot of summer fun, summer movies and summer tours of Los Angeles yet to enjoy.
Our Private Tour Celebrates 30 Years of
Back to the Future
Is that Marty McFly driving or Doc Brown here in Hollywood not very far from Universal Studios where BACK TO THE FUTURE was made thirty years ago? We were never able to determine who the driver was despite the excited urgings of our guests on a luxury private tour of Los Angeles to go faster and pass the DeLorean with the GOING BK license plate and the GB country plaque. As cool as our luxury SUV is for our excursions it is not that good at weaving in traffic and passing a super fine sports car. Our first thought when we saw the plate was Going Broke or Going Bankrupt, a snide reference to John DeLorean or perhaps to someone who purchased one of these futuristic automobiles back in the 70s. With this being a big anniversary for a groundbreaking film we were delighted to happen upon this tribute vehicle, close enough to get this action shot as we drove along.
A Private Tour in Hollywood Means Movie Magic
When the premiere for Saving Mr. Banks was coming to Hollywood the street was decorated with umbrellas as our luxury Los Angeles tour guests saw. Suspended over Hollywood Boulevard in front of Jimmy Kimmel’s studio right next to Disney’s El Capitan Theater the umbrellas actually served to shade the street from our blazing winter sun. It was magical and we are certain that Walt Disney would have approved.
This Witch’s House Delights Our Private Tour Guests
Named for the family that occupied the house when it was moved from Culver City to Beverly Hills in 1934, the Spadena House is a delightful example of storybook architecture that can be found throughout Los Angeles and southern California. The structure was originally built in 1921 and served as a film production office before being moved to Beverly Hills and converted to a private residence. With the popularity of the recently released Hollywood film Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters this destination is even more popular for sightseeing on our private Beverly Hills tour than usual. This part of Beverly Hills has many great homes and amazing landscaping and art to see and photograph.
We tell our private luxury tour guests that just about everything they see on our custom tour around Los Angeles, Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the beach communities has been filmed at one time or another. Some sights are common and easily recognizable. Others require us to jog their memories a bit. The fire escape above, for instance. Just the side of another non-descript Hollywood apartment building but when we mention Julia Roberts and Richard Gere our guests get excited and pictures must be taken. You must know which film we are talking about where the last scene was shot at this location.
Sometimes we cannot show our private luxury tour guests visiting Hollywood the Chinese Theater courtyard with its celebrity hand and footprints because a studio has rented the facility for a big movie premiere. This day it was for Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter in Tim Burton’s feature, DARK SHADOWS.